Wisdom's Corner
Get in the Fortress

Have you ever watched a movie about the "Old West" in America? The settlers heading west to the frontier always looked for the forts as a stopping place. If the Indians were chasing them they would drive their wagons as fast as they could to the fort and get inside the fort. Most of the times there were soldiers in the fort to defend them against the Indians.

Perhaps you have seen pictures of the large castles that have been built around the world. There are many large castles in Europe. The castles sometimes had a deep ditch of water, called a moat, all the way around them. The walls were very high so that it was very difficult for enemies to get over them. Most of the time there was only one way into the castle. And the entrance could be blocked by pulling up the drawbridge that crossed the moat.

God is called our fortress. Psalm 144:1-2, "Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my delivere; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me."

If we will study the Bible and learn what God wants us to do, he will be our fortress. The word in the Hebrew in this scripture means a fortress, stronghold, or castle on a mountain. Remember from last time that God is our high tower. Now we know that he also is the fortress on that high tower.

We can run to the fortress when in danger from spiritual enemies. He will protect us and keep us safe. But we must know what he wants us to do. We must have the wisdom to know when we are under attack. The only way to have that wisdom is to study the Bible, God's word.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 1998

Published by The Old Paths Bible School